Taimur Sharif

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Taimur is the Head of Business in the Faculty of Arts, Society & Professional Studies. He studied for his first two degrees in Economics (BA Honours & MA) at Aligarh Muslim University – ranked second among all Indian universities (US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2019). He completed MSc in Economic Quantitative Methods at Stockholm University, Sweden and PhD in International Business at London South Bank University, UK. Before moving to Newman in August 2019, Taimur was the Director of the Faculty of Business & Management at Muscat University – a leading HEI in Oman that operates in conjunctions with Aston and Cranfield universities from the UK. Prior to this, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Business at Alhosn University in Abu Dhabi – the capital of the UAE (known widely for Dubai). He was a Visiting Research Supervisor in the MBA and Med programmes at Murdoch University of Australia’s Dubai campus. Taimur settled in the UK with his wife under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) in September 2004 and served in both FE and HE sectors for eight years before moving to the Gulf region for international exposure. In the UK, he worked at Central Sussex College, Stanmore College and London South Bank University. He was an elected member of the Local Community Board – Haywards Heath & Burgess Hill areas.

Taimur has a PGCE from the University of Sussex, UK and a PGCert in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education from Stanford University. He’s a Chartered Fellow of CMI, a Chartered Member of CIPD and a Certified HR Professional from the AHRI (Australian counterpart of CIPD). Taimur sits in a number of journal editorial boards, reviews research papers for leading journals & conferences of AIB, BAM, ANZIBA, ANZAM, among others, plays global external roles in PhD committees, academic programmes, etc. He’s been an enlisted external in the Oman Academic Accreditation Council. In the recent times, he was a member of the SME Committee of the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a member of the AIESEC-Oman National Board of Advisory. He was a nationally recognised promoter of Entrepreneurship education, widely known for his innovative teaching & learning site – www.iees-uae.com – which he presented in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office in June 2016, on special invitation from the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE). Taimur received appreciation letters from the Alhosn University Vice Chancellor for his excellence in leadership, teaching and research in two occasions as well as commendations from the external review team of the UAE-MOE. In his student life, he bagged a number of awards and scholarships for achieving distinctions in all levels of education, ranging from school to university levels.



Research Interests

Taimur is interested in human resource development and management areas of research. His research works that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in international conferences covered a wide range of topics such as motivation, job satisfaction, team effectiveness, expatriate failure, cross-cultural management, among others. In the recent times, Taimur presented a keynote paper in an international conference in Geneva, Switzerland and received the Best Paper Award in the HR category in an international conference in Dubai, UAE. His recent papers have been published in the New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research, the Journal of Developing Areas (USA), and International Journal of Economics and Finance (Canada).

Currently, Taimur is working on a collaborative research project on “Value Co-Creations and Brand Loyalty in Oman”, block funded by The Research Council of Oman. Also, he’s co-authoring a research paper on “Scale Development and Validation of Promises in Entrepreneurial Marketing” and intends to publish the outcome in a recognised peer-reviewed journal. The final outcome of one of his research project submissions on “Servant leadership in the HE sector” to the British Council for the Joint Academic Development Centre grant, UK is awaited.


Taimur teaches and module leads Strategic Management, International Business, Leadership, Economics of Globalisation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Research Methodology, People Management, among others. He has supervised research projects in the BBA, MBA, MEd and Phd programmes. Taimur has extensive curriculum and module development experiences.

Administrative Responsibilities

Taimur is currently a member of the Mitigating Circumstances Board.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Academy of International Business (AIB), USA, Since 06/2011.
  • Academy of Management (AOM), USA, Since 12/2017.
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), USA, Since 10/2016.
  • British Academy of Management (BAM), UK, Since 12/2017.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Educators’ Society (IEES), UAE, Since 05/2016.
  • International Society for Development & Sustainability (ISDS), Japan, Since 03/2014.
  • The Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership, USA, since 06/2018.
  • Western Economic Association International (WEAI), Since 11/2018.

Other Activities

Conference Papers

South Asian Growth Experience, 1975-2014: An Econometric Analysis. International Conference on Management, Technology and Social Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland, 7 May 2018. [Keynote Paper]

Motivational Factors Influencing Teaching (FIT) As A Career: An Empirical Study of the Expatriate Teachers in the Emirates. The Australia Middle East Conference on Business and Social Sciences, Dubai, UAE, pp.384-400, 17-18 April 2016. [Best Paper Award].

Interaction and Non-neutral Effects of Factors and Labour Productivity in Chinese Agriculture. The Australia Middle East Conference on Business and Social Sc., Dubai, pp.820-851, 17-18 April 2016.

Impact of Culture, Code of Conduct and Personal Life Support in Managing Expatriates – An In-Depth Study on UAE Labor Market. 2nd Annual International Conference on Business, Law & Economics, Athens, Greece, pp. 29-32, 4-7 May 2015.

Development of Endogenous Teaching Workforce in the UAE: A Case Study of the Motivation of Emiratis to Become Teachers. Annual Conference of Management and Social Sciences (ACMSS), pp. 355-364, 16-18 April 2014.

Critical Issues in Managing Extremely Diversified Workforce: The Case of the UAE. The Third Abu Dhabi University Annual Research Conference, UAE, pp. 55-64, 23 April 2013.


Uddin, M.M.M. and Sharif, T. (2017). Identifying Causal Relationships Among Health, Education and Income Expenditures in South Asian Countries: An Econometric Analysis. New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research (NZJABR), 15(2), pp. 41-57.

Sharif, T. (ed.) (2017). Emerging Management and Technology for Economic Sustainability, Anuragam Publishers, India, June.

Sharif, T., Upadhyay, D., and Ahmed, E. (2016). Motivational Factors Influencing Teaching (FIT) As A Career: An Empirical Study of the Expatriate Teachers in the Emirates. The Journal of Developing Areas, 50(6), pp. 209-225.

Sharif, T., Purohit, H. and Pillai, R. (2015). Analysis of Factors Affecting Share Prices: The Case of Bahrain Stock Exchange. International Journal of Economics and Finance, 7(3), pp. 207-216.

Sharif, T., Hossan, C. G., and McMinn (2014). Motivation and Determination of Intention to Become Teacher: A Case of B.Ed. Students in the UAE. International Journal of Business and Management, 9(5), pp. 60-73.

Sharif, T. (2014). Technological Capability of Human Resources: Managing Technology Transfer and Catching Up in the Developing World, LAP Lambert Publishing, Germany, June.

Sharif, T., and Nahas, R. (2013). Team Effectiveness: A Case Study of a Fast-Growing Private Educational Organisations in the UAE. Journal of Education and Practice, 4(22), pp. 141-148.

Sharif, T., Ahmed, J., and Abdullah, S. (2013). HR Development and Economic Growth in Bangladesh: An Econometric Analysis. European Journal of Business and Management, 5(7), pp. 133-144.

Invited Talks

Presentation on “I&E Educators’ Society” website (www.iees-uae.com) in the Prime Minister’s Office, UAE, on special invitation from the UAE Ministry of Education, 14 June 2016.

Development of Indigenous Teaching Workforce in UAE: A Case Study of the Motivation of Emiratis to Become Teachers, in the Faculty Seminar Series, ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2 May 2013. [Co-presenter: Melissa McMinn, Murdoch University, Dubai].

Technological Catching-Up in the Economy of Bangladesh: A Case Study of the EPZs. CIBS (Centre for International Business Studies) Seminar, London South Bank University, UK, 25 February 2010.

Working Papers

Evaluating Enterprising Skills of Arab Female Undergraduate Engineering Students in the Sultanate of Oman (submitted to Industry and Higher Education, final acceptance awaited).

The cross-country Interplay concerning Global and Domestic Brands: An emphasis on Value Co-Creations and Brand Loyalty (funded by the Block Funding Program 2018, Oman)

Promises in Entrepreneurial Marketing: Scale Development and Validation



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